Category: Day Trips

Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

August 11, 2014

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The artifacts of lost love crowd many a back drawer or trunks in closets—old letters, photos, half-burnt candles, empty perfume bottles, cinema tickets. For some, like Kemal Basmacı, it’s a life consuming obsession.

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Strolling Along the Bosphorus in Istanbul

June 16, 2014

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Istanbul is indeed home to one of the world’s best promenades along the Bosphorus—fantastic for the geography and history.

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Jewish Istanbul

June 9, 2014

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Jewish Istanbul is open to anyone who seeks it out with an open heart and genuine interest.

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11 Lesser Known Sights in Istanbul

May 26, 2014

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On your next visit, make a point to step off the beaten path and visit these lesser known sights in Istanbul, many of which can be seen on a private half-day tour.

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Istanbul’s Bosphorus Villages

May 12, 2014

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Ortaköy

Although the European shore now feels like one continuous settlement, Istanbul’s Bosphorus villages on the Asian side retains some sense of the former rural nature

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Princes Islands Day Trip

April 14, 2014

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Heybeliada

When Istanbul’s summer heat and congested bustle become too oppressive, thousands board the ferries and sea buses at Kabataş and Kadiköy for a day trip to the Princes’ Islands

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Istanbul’s Best Views

March 17, 2014

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View of Golden Horn

For anyone who’s huffed and puffed to the top, the views of the Bosphorus, Golden Horn, and beyond are one of the best things to do in Istanbul.

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Day trip to Troy and Gallipoli from Istanbul

September 24, 2013

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Guide Seyhan explains how the Trojans built these ancient walls

Getting to the Gallipoli Peninsula from Istanbul is a six-hour drive, so instead of making the trip by public bus and rushing to do it all in one day, we booked Viator’s 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul, which includes a guided Gallipoli tour, accommodation and a short tour of Troy’s ancient ruins on day two.

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Beaches Near Istanbul

July 22, 2013

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Along most of Turkey’s three coasts it’s easy to find some gorgeous strips of sand. In Istanbul, however, a pleasant, uncrowded beach is not so easy to find. Nonetheless, a strip of sand and an open sea can provide much needed relief from Istanbul’s seething crowds. Here are few beaches, from nearest to farthest, to escape to from the big city.

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Istanbul in Summer

July 8, 2013

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Istanbul enchants visitors year-round, but summer is when the city resurrects itself after a dark, cold winter and brims with a vitality only the sweltering heat can engender. Here are a few things worth knowing about visiting Istanbul during the summer.

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